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Tuesday, 25th June, 2019
 
 
 
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June 12 celebration: How Obasanjo, Jonathan, Gowon left ex-presidents seats empty
Jun 12, 2019
By: Amarachukwu Akaigwe

Past Nigerian Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan were absent at the Eagle Square, venue for the 2019 Democracy Day celebrations which climaxed a week-long of activities.

CEOAfrica gathered that General Abdulsalam Abubakar was the only former Nigeria Head of State to grace the on-going Democracy Day event.

Also General Yakubu Gowon was not sighted anywhere at the celebration.

Despite Obasanjo, Jonathan and Gowon were included in the programme schedule distributed to all participants at the event, the trio ere not sighted at all when the ceremony eventually kicked off with President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in attendance.

Recall that Obasanjo had also kept away from Buhari’s second term inauguration which held at the same venue. The former president has been a strong critic of the Buhari administration over alleged poor leadership qualities.

Also, former president Jonathan, whom Buhari took over the reins of power from in 2015, has not been frequent in most of the social engagements involving the presidency.

Both Jonathan and Buhari were reported to enjoy a cordial relationship prior to the 2015 transition.

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